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Rhetorical verse for Tea Time in
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Posted by: forensicpopouri - Apr 16, 2002, 3:47
BELOW IS TODAY'S SONNETIZED RESPONSE
TO EPISODE #12
NOTE: rhetorical verse
in Shakesperean sonnet
DO I HAVE
verse in Shakesperean sonet
(1) WHEN JESUS CHRIST
HIMSELF (some say God's son)
cried out to
God to please let this vile cup
pass from my lips -- my martrydom
not required. The balance tips . . .
. . from evil to the good by righteous
But please, dear Lord, I do not
want to die!
prophecy had set the course
prophecy you can't defy.
comes Buffy Summers with her
she doesn't want to bear. She
throws it down . . .
But 'fore too long her
soul can't bear the loss
of her true
destiny. Her "throrny" crown . .
. . . not of triumphant
But one of sacrifice and
(2) THE POETRY of
Why would there be
just one to take the weight
of horror in
the world -- embrace the fear
nature says is just too great.
Buffy is not Jesus, but Joss
prophetic scripture from Old Bible
Isaiah chapter 'leven's many
of meaning painted for Hellmouth
FOR CONTEXT, let us take a
the sixth verse Mister
Giles knew quite by heart --
Joss shifts the child to Satan's
let's step back four verse
nuggets and restart.
choice, I agree, but I'm led
by Joss, and so I'll claim
that it is fair.
[CONTINUED IN PART
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DO I HAVE TO? (PART 2)
forensicpopouri - Apr 16, 2002, 3:52
11: 2-5 - paraphrased in
(3) THE SPIRIT OF THE
LORD WILL REST ON HIM . . .
understanding, and of might.
He will not judge by
He will defend the poor and
weak -- what's right.
He'll rule against the
wicked and destroy
them totally with breath
from out his mouth.
Pure fairness and pure
truth, his cloak alloy.
(The verses 'bout
"the child" from here are south.)
Buffy's world the evil Master
the naive thought that prophecy is
enough for superhero action jocks
act upon it and not get insane . . .
. . .
results quite likely the pure opposite
they hoped, their meddling could
(4) A SLOPPY CHOICE OF WORD?
I'll let it stand.
A prophesy's a law . .
. in differen't form.
Those ancient debts of
(for true belivers) that their
And one thing Buffy's world
believes is text.
The words and
pictures Giles consumes, then knows
his slayer faces, and then next
what action will
control what evil flows.
BUT this last
episode of Season One.
upon the pattern we have learned.,
research may not yield, when you are
a map of action that should not be
A TEAN GIRL DOOMED today, sounds
poignant -- YET . . .
. . . a better doom than
Xander 's yearnings
[CONTINUED IN PART 3,
DO I HAVE TO? (PART 3)
forensicpopouri - Apr 16, 2002, 3:51
LORD, what strange nonsequitor was that?
Xander's unrequited longing fit
semi-straight-lined logic's hat?
How can we grab
these two loose yarns, and knit?
I PAUSE TO
SAY this is what sonnets do --
grab fragments out
of life and juxtapose.
I had no thought I'd write
these points as two
that stiched together into
brand new clothes . . .
But somewhere lurking
there's a crucial thought
that I -- so near to
sleep -- feel I must write
before I quit. But
sleeping lines aren't caught
so much as dribble
out into the night.
A couple hours ago I
might make sense
of Buffy's ressurection at the
of Xander -- who can't claim that life
once it has pigeonholded you -- one who's
(6) A CAN OF XANDER.
(See, my thoughts now twist.)
But who, if anyone,
would buy that spray.
I prophesy poor sales for
'cause who in bloody hell
would ever pay . . .
. . . to smell like
failure. Turned down by THE ONE
who has the power
to strip his ev'ry move
of confidence . . . and
leave the shlub undone.
And all this with no
curse from cloven hoove.
My eyes close now on
Xander . . . with no fate.
prophesy declares that he must die.
But all the
same, the sadness of the date
he tried to
make with Buffy makes you cry.
tears of your soul-felt Buffy-care.
Xander's fate just makes you pull your
[CONTINUED IN PART 4,
DO I HAVE TO (PART 4)
forensicpopouri - Apr 16, 2002, 3:50
(7) The TV
MOMENT that brings these two strands
the screen is Buffy's death.
when she's dead that lips and hands
Xander may approach and share his breath . .
. . . with that great unatainable small
That tiny thing that has a
No reason that the Powers dropped
on little Buffy
Summers. Yet no fee . . .
. . . could
Xander pay to be brand shiny new.
Buffy was madeover with full help
agents of the Powers (you now who).
barbaric yawp will come out yelp.
makes little sense (my brain's turned
would you chose Buffy's fate, or
(8) THIS FINAL SONNET
will try to regain
a touch of dignity about
A WEEK FROM NOW, our Buffy's back
so in the present we rehash the past .
. . . but noticing when wings were bolted
The last show of the first half season
the first two times I watched it, even
the perfect little engine in B. stew
. . . .
. . . just gave me chills of pleasure
the normal junk that television
out every day . . . just day on day on
To have a vision of "the good" just
My destiny is to die ev'ry
that I compress "a lesser thing" to rhyme.
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